Clark Planetarium hosting watch party for the Perseid Meteor Shower this weekend

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SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah)-This Perseid Meteor Shower peaks this weekend, and Clark Planetarium is hosting a viewing party.

Every year, Earth passes through the debris left behind from the Comet “Swift-Tuttle.”  The result is the inspiring show in the night sky known as the Perseid Meteor Shower. 

Observers can expect to see 60-70 meteors per hour, but in outburst years (such as in 2016) the rate can be between 150-200 meteors an hour.  The meteorites can be seen from late July until late August with the peak viewing time during August 11th-13th.

Members of the public are invited to the Salt Lake City Library located at 210 East 400 South at 8:30 p.m. for the party.

The next major meteor showers in 2018 to follow the Perseids are the Orionids on October 21st, Leonids on November 17th and the Geminids on December 13th.

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